Panel Recommends Establishment Of Latino Smithsonian Museum

On May 4, the National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL) Commission delivered its Final Report to President Obama and Congressional leaders. The panel’s findings call for the establishment of a museum on a site at the base of Capitol Hill that would come under the administration of the Smithsonian Institution.

Study Shows Lack Of Civics Knowledge By U.S. Students

Achievement by U.S. fourth graders in civics has increased while twelfth graders’ performance has declined, according to the Civics 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grades 4, 8, and 12 —known as The Nation’s Report Card.

NARA Launches International Nazi Records Internet Database

On May 5, the National Archives and a consortium of international partners launched a Nazi-era assets-related records database – making millions of records related to Nazi-era cultural property available online for the first time at

Drew Gilpin Faust Delivers 2011 Jefferson Lecture

On May 2, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, noted historian and President of Harvard University, delivered the 2011 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. To read the lecture, click more >

New Director Named for Hoover Presidential Library

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced the appointment of historian Thomas F. Schwartz as the new director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. His appointment is effective July 5, 2011.

Federal Classification Costs Increase in 2010

The total security classification cost estimate within the Federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 is $10.17 billion. This figure represents estimates provided by 41 executive branch agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD). The total security classification costs for Executive branch agencies grew by $1.36 billion in FY 2010, an increase of 15 percent more >

NARA Announces New Research Fellowship for 2011

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently announced the creation of a National Archives Legislative Archives Fellowship to begin in July, 2011. The total stipend for the Fellowship is $10,000. Applications will be accepted by email until midnight EDT May 31, 2011, at